Emergency Medicine

Around-the-Clock Pet Emergency Care: Three NJ Locations

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital provides 24-hour emergency & critical care 365 days a year in three locations. This service is open to all small animal companion pets in need of immediate medical attention.

Experienced veterinarians are on premises at all times, assisted by technicians trained in emergency & critical care. Together, they handle a wide range of medical and surgical emergencies.

Patient Care & Client Satisfaction

All Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals emergency centers have the same goals as human emergency rooms: stabilize, treat, and monitor patients. Patient care and client satisfaction is our top priority. We understand each pet is accompanied by a concerned owner, and we take the time to comfort both of you.

Our emergency teams utilize the most current diagnostic and surgical technology to evaluate and stabilize patients. We have access to advanced diagnostics, such as endoscopy, MRI, and CT. Emergency surgery can be performed any time of the day or night.

If you think your pet is sick or injured and you’re not sure what to do, contact the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital most convenient to you. Our experienced triage technicians assess the situation and determine whether your pet needs to be seen by a member of our emergency staff.


Always consider the following a possible pet emergency and seek immediate care:

  • Any difficulties breathing; short or shallow breaths; increased effort; gagging; choking
  • Weakness; inability to walk; sudden collapse
  • First-time seizure, seizures lasting more than 3 minutes, or multiple seizures in one day
  • Non-productive retching/vomiting; swollen or distended abdomen
  • Allergic reactions including swelling, rashes, or itching
  • Excessive or persistent bleeding
  • Inability to urinate; straining to urinate
  • Diabetic animals refusing food
  • Pregnant animals in active labor for more than one hour without delivering, or going more than 3-4 hours between deliveries
  • Bumping into things; becoming disoriented
  • Signs of pain such as whining, shaking, hiding, or dull behavior
  • Vomiting blood/passing blood in stools/urine
  • Changes in behavior, appetite, or elimination
  • Bite wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations
  • Electrical shock
  • Eye injuries
  • Fall from heights
  • Heatstroke, frostbite
  • Hit by car; car accident
  • Penetrating foreign objects
  • Chocolate
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Household plants
  • Antifreeze
  • Insecticides
  • Rat poison (especially those containing bromethalin)
  • Household cleansers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Human medication
  • Bones
  • Pennies
  • Foreign objects
  • Excessive amounts of food or garbage


This handy guide contains information on our emergency service, how to identify an emergency, understanding vital signs, managing injuries at home, preparing a pet first aid kit, disaster planning, and pet hazards.


Critical Care for Pets

Our Critical Care Unit provides 24-hour hospital care for the most critically ill patients. Equipped with oxygen cages, ventilators, computerized fluid pumps, heart monitors, and other advanced technology, our doctors and technicians deliver the most comprehensive care available for companion animals.

Learn More about our Critical Care Services

Veterinary Specialists

Our emergency doctors work alongside our specialists in a multi-disciplinary approach. Our emergency team has access to full-time board certified veterinarians in the fields of anesthesiology, behavior, cardiology, clinical nutrition, critical care, dentistry & oral surgery, dermatology & allergy, internal medicine, neurology & neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, and surgery.

Meet our Emergency Medicine Team